West Nile Virus confirmed in 4 Onondaga Co. locations

ONONDAGA COUNTY (WSYR-TV) - Four pools of mosquitoes in Onondaga County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the health department announced on Tuesday.

Three of the samples were gathered from traps in the town of Salina, and one was gathered in the town of Lysander.

The Health Department says it is still monitoring the mosquito population, and trying to eliminate breeding grounds.

The Health Department is reminding people to take precautions to protect against mosquitoes.

The department is urging people to cover exposed areas by wearing shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.

You can also protect against mosquitoes by using repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535.

You should also take measures to reduce the mosquito population around you by:

  • Throw away outdoor containers, ceramic pots or containers that hold water
  • Remove all tires from your property
  • Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors
  • Clean clogged rain gutters and make sure they continue to work properly
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use
  • Change water in bird baths at least every four days·  Clear vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds
  • Clean chlorinated swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs·  Drain water from pool covers
  • Use landscaping to eliminate low spots where standing water accumulates

For more information about personal protection measures contact the Onondaga County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health at (315) 435-1649.

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